Parenthood and Capitalism: Elevating Human Connection Over Profit

I have been heavily processing the role that the triple oppressions of patriarchy, capitalism, and white supremacy have played in my identity formation and in my relationships.

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The Crooked Tooth: Accepting Rejection

In recent months, the consistent feedback I have received regarding my work is that it’s “not the right fit.” More specifically I’ve received rejections that state my work “isn’t a fit this year with the theme and overall flow of the show” or “we decided another story was a better fit for our mix” or “what you’re making with these pieces is more on the artistic/edgy side.” 

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25th #AllAmerican Portrait: Chasing Lovely

“Folk-pop duo Chasing Lovely combines haunting harmonies, powerful melodies, and insightful lyrics to create a truly captivating acoustic performance.”

Today, June 8th, the talented Korean-American sisters of the Atlanta-based band, Chasing Lovely, release their newest and timely single, “Speak Out.” Check it out here.  And read on below, as Chloe and Taylor share their individual insights into the questions of “What does it meant to be American?” and “What makes America great?”


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23rd #AllAmerican Portrait: Phi

First name: Phi

What does it mean to be American?

For me, being American means learning how to hold two completely contradictory narratives in one space.  It means trying to reconcile the ideals of justice, freedom, and equality to which we aspire with the reality that  our country is built and sustained on slavery, white supremacy, and erasure of people of color.  It means being grateful to the strangers who welcomed my refugee family to America with open arms and uplifted by their kindness while still deep down recognizing that this country has never wholly belonged to me. 
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#AllAmericanPortraits Celebrates Black Americans

On this last day of February, as Black History Month comes to a close, I want to honor our fellow Black Americans. A single month is obviously insufficient, and yet, it can still serve as a reminder of all that we owe Black Americans, while also acknowledging that we have a long way to go to undo the generations of injustice, inequality, and oppression inflicted upon Black Americans.

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21st #AllAmerican Portrait: Esther

First name: Esther

What does it mean to be American?

I believe that to be American is to be fundamentally tied to the struggles, the suffering, and the triumphs that compose the U.S. and its systems, culture, politics, and history. Americanness manifests in about as many forms as there are people in this country, but the common denominator lies in having been shaped by America – this weird, often dissonant, sometimes insidiously or beautifully harmonious amalgam of institutions, ideologies, peoples, and cultures, oppressive or resistive, public or private. We, as Americans, have identities born from and continually molded by the ways in which we interact and engage – not always consciously and not always of our own volition – with it. Continue reading “21st #AllAmerican Portrait: Esther”

Celebrating the First 20 #AllAmericanPortraits

What does it mean to be American? What makes America great?

This Valentine’s Day of 2018–the day that celebrates love–I want to celebrate the twenty lovely individuals who have so graciously agreed to be featured in #AllAmericanPortraits thus far. In doing so, they have helped us all to reflect upon what it means to be American and what makes America great.

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